Beauty Lays First Egg of 2011

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Yep, you heard us right! Some time around 7:30 this evening Beauty laid her first egg of the season. Peregrines usually lay their eggs 48 to 72 hours apart, so sometime on Sunday we should see egg #2.

Last year Beauty laid a total of four eggs, but only two hatched. That’s not unusual for first time peregrine parents. This time around we’re hoping that all of her eggs will make it to hatching. Archer has proven himself to be an apt provider for his family so we have no doubt that if we get the usual clutch of 3-4 eyases, (falcon hatchlings), they’ll be well fed and taken care of.

So, if you want to keep an eye out for the next egg, here are some signs that Beauty may be getting ready to lay the next one. She’ll spend a lot of time in the nest box, sitting over the bowl-like scrape that she and Archer have dug into the gravel. She may look tired and disheveled, and have a heavy, gravid appearance. She can be in that condition for as little as a couple of hours before laying, to as much as a day. Then, when she’s actually delivering the egg, she’ll be restless, changing her position frequently.

The actual moment at which the egg is deposited can be hard to spot, but thanks to our live video streams you should have an unparalleled opportunity to share in the excitement. And of course, we’ll keep our eyes open too, and announce the happy news as soon as it happens!

12 Responses to “Beauty Lays First Egg of 2011”

  1. Donna says:

    “HAPPY TIMES!”

  2. MAK says:

    The BEAUTYFUL one has laid her first egg! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Debbie H. says:

    AWESOME Beauty & Archer!!

  4. Ann says:

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  5. Maureen in MA says:

    Woo hooooo, awesome news!! :D

  6. muffjen says:

    Unfortunately I watched Beauty give birth and she has not been around to cover her newborn egg for some time which is normal. I think she knows it is not alive. Poor Beauty and baby.

  7. gr0tt0 says:

    April 5, 2011 and that egg looks mighty lonely.

  8. Alison says:

    I was thinking that, too, gr0tt0.

  9. Connie in VA says:

    April 7, 2011 at 9:41pm Is it possible there will only be one this year?

  10. pam says:

    has this egg been abandoned?

  11. ei says:

    @connie & pam-as you can see today, neither an only egg nor abandoned…yippee!

    But just for the record-it could have been a single egg. And they don’t start incubating the egg(s) full time until the next to last (penultimate) egg is laid, so leaving it alone before more eggs were laid is perfectly normal.

  12. pam says:

    the second egg is very good news